A find- this novel of the diplomatic corps in modern Bangkok. The flavor of the Orient with its survivals of ancient mores among the natives -- and its realistic blend of the picturesque and the sordid- provide background for a poignant story of very real people caught in conflicts of personality, professional jealousies, political tensions. Leonora Shepperd, whose second marriage has proved a bitter disillusionment, is the catalyst for shifting focus, caught at the moment of a week in May, 1949, a week that brought new direction to almost every one of the characters. While the denouement has a quality of inevitability, the author lets the story- and her characters- provide their own answers. Fascinating reading.